If you are at How I Pinch A Penny for the first time…WELCOME!! You may have seen my segment on Fox 43 this morning planting tomatoes in my garden. Below is my original post in 2009. I need to say that this year I did get a LOT of my plants at Miller Plant Farm and I used a deal from The Buzz Daily Deal. Come back to the site and I can point you in the direction of more awesome deals like this one as well as Groupon and Double Take Deals.
It has finally stopped raining for a few hours here and I have had a chance to put the rest of the plants in the in the garden. If you missed how I am doing my garden this year check out THIS post.
Through the blogosphere I have stumbled upon GrowBetterVeggies.com. This is my take on how she plants her tomatoes. Please refer to THIS post to see how it is supposed to be done! The is my interpretation on how to plant a tomato plant.
First gather your goodies. When I mean goodies I don’t just mean a shovel and your plant. I mean fish heads, tail, guts or in my case an entire fish my grocery store was going to throw out! I called to see if they had any heads and tails and the girl on the phone said I could HAVE the entire fish she was going to throw out anyway!!! It never hurts to ask. :)
Fish are FULL of nutrients that tomatoes like. As I think about it, I remember that I learned in fourth grade that the Native Americans would put fish in with their seeds and plants when they did their gardens. Worked for them. Works for me. Get over the “EW” factor and it will work for you.
Also on my gather list are eggshells.
The aspirin is to help jump start the plant’s immune system. You can read more about that science here.
Next is the plants. After a failure of growing them from seeds I sucked it up and bought them at my local nursery. See all the lower leaves? They get snipped off.
Next dig the hole. I dig the hole big enough to accommodate the “root ball” off the plant, the fish head and the entire stalk of the plant up to the big leaves.
You can’t see them but there are 4 aspirin in here along with 4 egg shells and a piece of fish. I did NOT touch the fish. I just sort of let it fall out of the bag and into the hole. The grocery store was getting rid of the fish for a reason. It was BAD…but GOOD for my plants!
Here is my gardening helper showing the size of the plant. The leaves below her hand were snipped off. And the stalk of the plant below her hand was buried in the hole.
See? This is the plant in the ground.
And a closer shot with our fish bag in the background.
Now keep in mind I did NOT grow these plants from seed. Each year I try to grow them but each year I fail. You would think I would learn! But each year those lovely little packets of seeds call out to me, I buckle and I buy them. What a waste of pennies! It is good in theory. I just can’t make them grow and flourish!
I can’t wait for them to grow and the yummy tomatoes to come in.